New Interfaith Commission to Work for Peace

June 27, 2006

Source: Worldwide Faith News

On June 27, 2006 Worldwide Faith News reported, "The inaugural meeting of the Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa (IFAPA) Commission ended in Kigali, Rwanda, on 22 June with Africa's religious leaders agreeing to use the instrument for a peaceful future for the continent and all its people. 'We have begun the task of working together for peace. We have already gained considerable experience in responding to the challenges of conflict and poverty through our respective interfaith networks and organizations,' the participants in the 19-22 June meeting stated in their final report. Called for by the Second IFAPA Summit in April 2005, the IFAPA Commission will provide guidance and enhance the effectiveness of the ongoing process of engaging religious leaders in peace-building initiatives in Africa. The commission includes 23 persons representing African Traditional Religion, the Baha'i faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Inaugurating the commission on 19 June, Rwanda's President Paul Kagame commended Africa's religious leaders for choosing a faith approach that would 'remove ambiguities sometimes associated with individual religious communities regarding where they stand in terms of peace.'"